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Mold, Bed Bugs, and Other Health and Safety Issues Close Homeless Shelter in California

LA Testing provides laboratory testing services to identify mold and sample collection kits that utilize advanced DNA-based methods to identify the presence of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius).

Huntington Beach, California, April 12, 2024 Last month, a homeless shelter run by a church in Solano County was forced to close its doors by government officials due to health and safety concerns. According to multiple media outlets, some of the issues that resulted in the facility being red tagged included water damage and mold, and complaints of a bed bug infestation.   Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of people and animals, usually while they sleep. They are experts at hiding, which can make.......[Read More] [All News]

Near-Roadway Air Pollution Concerns in California and Resources to Identify Exposure Hazards

LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies and air monitoring instrumentation to identify diesel exhaust, combustion gases, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and other airborne pollutants.

Huntington Beach, California, April 8, 2024 Researchers from the University of California, Davis, recently released a report revealing their findings about near-roadway air pollution (NRAP) to the state Legislature. Prepared for the California State Policy Evidence Consortium, the report exposes people living near major roadways are at increased risk of developing various health issues. Health conditions specifically mentioned included cardiovascular, reproductive and respiratory problems. NRAP exposure concerns are also not just for.......[Read More] [All News]

Food Company in California Recalls Cinnamon Due to Lead Concerns

LA Testing provides food testing services to help companies identify lead and other contaminants to protect consumers and prevent costly product recalls.

Huntington Beach, California, April 5, 2024 Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the recall of Cinnamon Ground by a business in the Los Angeles area. The recall occurred because the product has the potential to be contaminated with lead. The cinnamon was distributed in Arizona, California, Texas and Washington through distributors to retail stores. Consumers who have purchased the product are advised to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for refund. The recall notice.......[Read More] [All News]

Exposure Hazards Left Behind by Lithium Battery Fires in California

LA Testing offers environmental, industrial hygiene and material testing resources to protect workers and building occupants from the aftermath of a lithium ion battery fire.

Huntington Beach, California, April 3, 2024 Lithium batteries can be found in everything from mobile phones and e-cigarettes to cordless tools, laptop computers, electric cars, and industrial battery backup and energy storage systems. These batteries are in almost every home, business and school because they provide mobility that has changed the way people live. Along with all the good, lithium batteries can also fail. When this type of battery fails to operate safely, or is damaged or defective, it can catch fire and be extremely.......[Read More] [All News]

Global Asbestos Awareness Week and Resources to Protect Workers and the Public in California

LA Testing provides asbestos testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure hazards to asbestos fibers and other airborne risks.

Huntington Beach, California, March 29, 2024 April 1st through the 7th is recognized as Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) in California and across the world. This year marks the 20th GAAW, an annual event which was started by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to increase awareness about the dangers associated with asbestos and educate people about ways to mitigate their exposure risks. Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was used in numerous building materials and products for decades. The National Cancer Institute warns.......[Read More] [All News]

World TB Day and Resources in California to Help Prevent New Cases

LA Testing offers laboratory services and special sampling supplies to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis from environmental samples to support infection control programs across the state.

Huntington Beach, California, March 25, 2024 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports there were 1,848 new cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the state as recently as 2022, a 5% increase compared to the year before. TB cases were recorded in 45 of California’s 61 local health jurisdictions and CDPH estimates that more than 2 million Californians have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). TB is caused by a bacterium known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis that typically attacks the lungs, but can also attack other.......[Read More] [All News]

Cal State University Students and Faculty Express Concerns over Mold and Asbestos

LA Testing provides laboratory services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments, building inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks to mold, asbestos, lead and other substances.

Huntington Beach, California, March 21, 2024 In late February, multiple media outlets reported on students and faculty at California State University, Los Angeles protesting in front of one of the busiest buildings on campus. The protests, outside of Martin Luther King Memorial Hall, were triggered after reports of mold in part of the building and asbestos in at least one office. The university also recently shared it was testing the building for lead. Exposure to mold, asbestos or lead can be a health concern for anyone. Mold can.......[Read More] [All News]

Storm Season Safety Tips for After a Flood Released by Cal OES

LA Testing offers water damage, mold and other indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks after flood damage.

Huntington Beach, California, March 19, 2024 This year has brought a series of winter storms and flooding events to much of California. The resulting storm damage to property, much of it from flooding, has caused billions of dollars in damage already. In response, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) recently published Storm Season Safety: After a Flood. In it, the agency provides tips for residents facing flood damage. The document reminds people that receding water can leave behind a trail of.......[Read More] [All News]

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